ALS, 2pp, 124 x 198 mm, Fort D.A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, August 30, 1911, C.E. Taylor of Troop F, 9th US Cavalry to a Miss Harrold.
A touching letter from C.E. Taylor, an African American Buffalo Soldier serving in Company F of the famed 9th US Cavalry. It is unclear who the recipient of the letter is as Taylor opens, “I know you will be surprised to hear from a stranger.” His letter is occupied with concern over how his letter will be received but emphasizes his isolation, “please don’t think that I am writing to you for the purpose of hurting your feeling, for I am not, I am writing because I have no one to write to.”
Charles E. Taylor was an enlisted private in Company F of the 9th Cavalry and was stationed at Fort D.A. Russell (now Francis E. Warren AFB) outside Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1911 and 1912, possibly longer. The 9th Cavalry first arrived at Fort Russell in 1909 and was sent the next year to the Mexican border to fortify the military installations due to the growing instabilities stemming from the Mexican Revolution. The 9th returned to Forth Russell after a few months but would return to the border in September 1912 to engage further in the Mexican Border War. This poignant letter was written during the brief respite Private Taylor and the others of the 9th enjoyed before returning to the border.
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